Dear Dr. Bala,I apologize for seeming to have neglected or ignored you. I have begun this missive on several occasions, only to stumble over my own limitations. I know I promised you a recommendation you might be able to use on your web site. You have my permission to use any or all of this email in any way you see fit. I have struggled to find the words necessary to describe how Dr. Bala has changed my life. At 44 years of age, to hear the words from a U.S. physician, “You have osteoarthritis in your left hip… Read the rest
I am currently in the hospital one day after having a BHR on my left hip. Three months ago I had the same procedure on my right hip. Hopefully I am now on my way to recovering some of the life I have lost. Less than five years ago I was playing professional basketball and getting ready to make the transition to my new career as a fire fighter. I was completely pain free, had no indications of any pending health challenges and was excited to start another job where my physical conditioning was an asset. However, not long after
I start this story of my hip resurfacing from the hospital room the day after my surgery. The road to this point was longer and more difficult than I had initially envisioned, and I felt that others might benefit from some of my experiences, as I have benefited from reading the input from others on this excellent site.
First, a little background: I an a 66 years old – long in the tooth for most resurfacings! But, sports and an active lifestyle have been an important part of my life for as long as I can remember and my goal
I am now 44, but had my left hip resurfaced on 11/17/10. I was 43
at the time.
My doctor was J. David Abraham with Northeast Orthopedics. The
operation was done at St. Peters Hospital in Albany, NY.
I was home the next day, in fact I spent less than 20 hours in the
hospital. I arrived at 6 am on 11/17/10 and was home by 5PM on
I was back to work in 17 days. I feel great today, coaching softball
Rick Albanese… Read the rest
I was fortunate to be able to retire in 2005 at
age 58, and the ensuing years had been wonderful. I have always been
very active, bicycling, kayaking, long distance motorcycling, dirt
bike riding, and hiking. Last year I rode my motorcycle from South
Carolina to Alaska – and back. I hiked the Zaleski Trail in South
Eastern Ohio, which is 27 miles of extreme elevation changes and
very strenuous. I don’t like running, but in every other way, I did
much more than most men my age.
I am 48 weekend warrior guy who went from
constantly moving to slowly dwindling activity to the point of
pretty much forcing myself up to our home gym 4 – 5 days/week.
Ultimately I found it was OA in my L hip that was holding me back. I
tried steroid injections which only showed me how things could be
with a better joint; I met with a local joint replacement
surgeon/friend who thought with my anatomy, age, prior activity
level the BHR was my best option.
Surgery (BHR + a
couple other ortho issues) scheduled for 10/4/10.
Got extremely nervous … Read the rest
|May 9, 2010
Just home after two days in the hospital: R HR. I feel surprisingly well. As many have said before me, all my pre-surgery symptoms are gone! They have been replaced by soreness [no surprise]. Everything feels connected as before. Not yet up for writing anything significant but I have no restrictions except no resistive abduction [leg away from body] as I had an anterior lateral approach. My rehab consists of walking with crutches and 6 exercises of 10 – 20 reps 3x daily. I have home healthcare on Monday for 2 weeks then out patient therapy for
Resurfacing patients had gait characteristics that were comparable to normal hips. Although standard hip replacements had markedly improved gait parameters when compared to osteoarthritic hips they never approached resurfacing or normals. “
Gait Analysis Of Metal On Metal Surface ArthroplastyPoster Board Number: P050 Location: McCormick Place Hall B Adult Reconstruction Hip Phillip Ragland, MD Washington DC (n) Anil Bhave, MS Baltimore MD (n) Roland Starr, MS Baltimore MD (n) Michael A Mont, MD Baltimore MD (a, e – Wright Medical Technology) This study compared gait kinematics of resurfacing patients to normal hips, osteoarthritic hips, and patients with standard hip